Visa & ARC


**Please visit your local TECO's website for information on the required documents and visa application procedure.

  1. Two types of Visa for exchange students:
  • Semester-long exchange students: Apply for a Visitor Visa. (with exchange purpose, NOT tourist purpose)
  • Year-long exchange students: Apply for a Resident Visa.
  1. Entries:
  • Single Entry: you have only one-entry to Taiwan, so you won't be able to travel afterwards.
  • Multiple Entry: you have multiple-entry to Taiwan, so you will be able to travel before the "ENTER BEFORE" date.
  1. Enter Before (Valid Before):
    The Enter Before Date in your visa is its expiration date. 

Alien Resident Certificate(ARC)

  1. Students who enter Taiwan with a Resident Visa will need to apply for the ARC at the Immigration Agency within 15 days after arrival.
  2. Late application will result in a fine.
  3. Your ARC will have multiple entries before its expiration date.
  4. For detailed information of ARC application, please contact Service center of National Immigration Office in your local residence.
  5. Online Application Procedure:


1.ARC application processing time: around 10 working days (Please pick up your ARC with application fee receipt.)

2.If you change your residence address or any information, you have to register the change with related documents at the service center of National Immigration Agency in your local residence within 15 days.

3.If you will continue your enrollment at NCCU, you shall apply for an extension within 30 days before your ARC expiration date.


  • Overstay within 30 days (30th day excluded) but still enrolled: pay the fine and the application fee for the ARC extension.
  • Overstay more than 30 days (30th day included) and still enrolled: pay the fine and leave the country in 7 days to apply for a new visa to re-enter Taiwan
  • Overstay fine

1-10 days


11-30 days


31-60 days


61-90 days


Over 91 days



5.If you plan to leave Taiwan during the enrollment period, please make sure that your ARC will still be valid when you return to Taiwan before your departure. If necessary, please renew your ARC.

6.If you apply for suspension, withdrawal, or graduation, your ARC with the purpose of study will become invalid after you complete the related school-leaving procedure. You shall return the ARC to the service center of National Immigration Agency in your local residence and leave Taiwan within the prescribed period. If you would like to return to NCCU after the suspension is over, you will need to re-apply a new visa to enter Taiwan.

Overview of Exchange Student Visa Procedure

  1. Semester-long exchange students: 60- or 90-day Visitor Visa → Visitor Visa Extension (twice as the maximum extension times) at the Immigration Agency.
  2. Year-long exchange students: Enter Taiawn with a Resident Visa → apply for ARC online→ join National Health Insurance after 6 months if needed. 

Related Websites

  1. Bureau of Consular Affairs, MOFA (for Resident Visa application)
  2. National Immigration Agency (for visa extension & ARC application)